Capitol Hill Update: Co-ops Just a Trojan Horse for Obamacare "Public Option"?

It was welcome news on Sunday when Barack Obama's Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, went on CNN to make an announcement that what the president wants is to introduce competitors to private insurance plans, and whether this is done by a government-run insurance program or private cooperatives is not important. She stated that the public-option plan is "not the essential element."  Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, backed her up on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.  

In response, Senator Kent Conrad, from the very Republican state of North Dakota and the Chairman of the critical (to health care reform) Senate Budget Committee said on Fox News Sunday this past Sunday:  "Look, the fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the United States Senate for the public option. There never have been.  So to continue to chase that rabbit, I think, is just a wasted effort."   

Senator Conrad wants the private cooperatives to be under a federal structure with 50 state affiliates but each would be independent of the government.  They could receive start-up money from the federal government.  The big question is are the coops just a Trojan horse for Obamacare's "public option" with which left-wingers want to redistribute the wealth of successful Americans.   

Dick Morris, senior adviser to Bill Clinton in his first term as president said in his column entitled "Obama Retreat on Public Option will not help Elderly Americans" yesterday regarding the Obama administration dumping the "public option":  "The fundamental equation that means worse and worse medical care for our seniors remains exactly as it was before the public option was abandoned:  Fifty million new patients to be treated and no extra doctors or nurses to care for them.  The result will be precisely the same whether or not there is a public option -- massive rationing of medical services to the elderly."   

Incidentally, after intense pressure today from left-wingers in the Democrat Party, i.e. Paul Krugman of the "New York Times," and former Governor of Vermont, Howard Dean, the Obama White House has already begun to throw Secretary Sebelius under the bus as he did his white grandmother in the presidential campaign.  To this president, everyone is expendable.  Stay tuned. 

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